Carmen Neghina

Webinar: Adults in Higher Education

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Adults in distance education

For the past two years we have been working together with the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) to explore various aspects of adults in distance education. We talked to universities about how they see the growth potential of distance education, and explored the distance education opportunities available for adults. We also looked at the profile, motivations and barriers of adult students within Europe, as well as that of prospective students to better understand why some students enroll, and others don’t. Last, we commissioned five case studies exploring the state of distance education within Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom. It has been an intense journey of discovery, and now we are at the point where we would like to summarize all this knowledge and share it with a wider audience.

With this goal in mind, we decided to organise a webinar to discuss what we have learned about adults in distance education and how to create more opportunities in the future and break down the barriers keeping professionals from engaging in valuable lifelong learning programmes. The webinar will be hosted by Carl Holmberg – a long-time advocate of adults and distance education from ICDE, and Carmen Neghina – the data and intelligence specialist from StudyPortals who will be tackling issues such as:

  • how to better develop national policies, regulations, and strategies for distance education
  • means of adapting distance education to latest technological developments
  • techniques for embracing the latest developments in pedagogical theories related to educating adults
  • providing an overall better understanding of adults as learners based on their social profile, motivations and barriers for studying.

If these are topics you’d like to know more about, join our webinar on 11th November, at 15.00 CET.

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